Last Friday, December 9, the NFL announced that it would be expanding their annual London series from three to four games, beginning in the 2017 season. Commissioner Roger Goodell cited the strong loyalty the league has encountered since the series’ inception in 2007 as the reason, per NFL.com’s Kevin Patra.
“We continue to be incredibly excited by the passion and love for the NFL shown by our millions of UK fans. London is an amazing city. We have had tremendous support from our fans, from Mayor (Sadiq) Khan and other government leaders and business partners, and we are looking forward to taking the next step in the UK by playing four games in London next season.”
Over the past three seasons, the league has played three games a year at Wembley Stadium. In addition to the extra contest, the league will also feature a new site in Twickenham Stadium, home of English rugby.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport released the match-ups for each of the four games.
While there are still final determinations yet to be made, each organization is assured of their opponent and the stadium in which they will play. The Baltimore Ravens will visit the Jacksonville Jaguars in either the third or fourth week, with the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins filling out the absent slot at Wembley Stadium. The same is true for the Minnesota Vikings at the Cleveland Browns during the seventh or eighth week at Twickenham Stadium, along with the Arizona Cardinals at the Los Angeles Rams.
The final dates and game times will be announced with the rest of the 2017 schedule, which is set to be unveiled in April.